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What happens when water and energy mix?
Mixing water and electricity can be shocking. That’s certainly true of the game-changing advancements, new technologies and collaborative thinking occurring in the power generation and water sectors. Some experts say these two industries have an exciting opportunity to create something totally unexpected – a combined utility of the future where water and electricity really do mix – and with very positive results. Looking to the future, what are the defining characteristics of an integrated utility system where cooperation and symbiosis are the new norm? What challenges and opportunities must be addressed and optimized in order to transform today's 20th century systems into the integrated utility of the future?
Lynn E. Broaddus, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Director, Environment Program
The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread
Water treatment and delivery requires a lot of energy. Energy extraction and generation requires a lot of water. Read More
Don't Waste that WastewaterSteve Fleischli
Water Program Director & Senior Attorney
Natural Resources Defense Council
The process of generating electricity uses a lot of water. In fact, thermoelectric power plants account for 41 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the United States – more than any other source. Read More